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Hommage: SHIN Su-won and Korean Women Directors

A Woman Judge

 
HONG Eunwon  
Korea 1962 86min DCP b&w Fiction 15
Schedule
Code Date Time Theater Info Ticket
261 2022. 04. 30 17:00 JEONJU Digital Independent Cinema
KE15GV
436 2022. 05. 02 14:00 CINE Q Jeonju Film Street 10
KE15GV
625 2022. 05. 04 16:30 CINE Q Jeonju Film Street 10
KE15
Overview

Jinsuk is bullied by her husband Gyusik, who feels inferior to her social status as a judge, and by her mother-in-law, who sympathizes with him and misunderstands her. Despite the harassment, she remains faithful to her job as her judge and fulfills her duties as a wife and daughter-in-law. When her mother-in-law appears in court on suspicion of murder, Jinsuk takes up her defense to acquit her and leads a happy family.

* This film will be screened with Women with a camera of the Korean Cinema "Hommage: SHIN Su-won and Korean Women Directors" section. (Code 261, 625)
* The screening code 436 would only include A Woman Judge and there will be a Cinema Class after the screening.
* Source: Korean Film Archive

Review

This is the debut film by Hong Eunwon who is the second female director in Korea. Jinsuk passes the bar exam and becomes a judge for the first time in Korea. She marries the son of the family Chae. However, all in the family get jealous of her high social status except her father-in-law. The film is based on the true story of the first woman judge, Hwang Yoonseok who died mysteriously in 1961 but it draws a different trajectory from what actually happened. Although it comes to an unexpected end, it marks a meaningful point considering the conservative patriarchal society back then. The film has even a sense of duty when Jinsuk says to a woman judge of younger age who complains about the hard work, “We should make efforts together to enhance the women’s social status rather than complaining about the individuals’ temporary hardships and barriers.” [MOON Seok]

CREDIT
  • DirectorHONG Eunwon
  • ProducerCHA Taejin
  • ScreenplayCHU Sik
  • CinematographyJANG Hwan
  • GafferKANG Yongsin
  • Production DesignPARK Seok-in
  • MusicHAN Sangki
  • EditorHONG Eunwon
  • SoundLEE Kyeongsun, LEE Sangman
CastMOON Jungsuk, KIM Seongho, KIM Seok-hun, YU Gyeseon, UM Aing-ran
FILM SOURCE
Korean Film Archive | program@koreafilm.or.kr
DIRECTOR
HONG Eunwon 
Korea's first female screenwriter and second female director. Starting to work in the film industry as a scripter for An Innocent Criminal (1948), she worked in various parts such as assistant director, screenwriter, and adapter. Her directorial debut film is A Woman Judge (1962). Her works include The Single Mom (1964) and What Misunderstanding Left Behind (1965).
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